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Special Topics in Earth and Planetary Science (390-0-09)


Communication for Geoscientists


Magdalena Rose Osburn
Tech F291/F292
Office Hours: by appointment

Meeting Info

Technological Institute F391: Tues, Thurs 2:00PM - 3:20PM

Overview of class

This course will help Earth Sciences graduate students hone their communication skills, and learn some specific communication styles applicable to our field. Science writing and scientific literature can be intimidating and obtuse. This course is designed to break manuscripts down into their base components, detailing the goal, style, and content required for each section. In addition we will cover verbal and visual forms of communication such as posters and talks. Writing is learned through practice, so this course will be hands on with weekly assignments, peer review, and required classroom engagement.

Registration Requirements

Restricted to EARTH graduate students (or with instructor permission).

Class Materials (Required)

1. Writing Science, Joshua Schimel, ISBN: 9780199760244 ($43 new, $20 used rental)